The Parliament’s Speaker Mohammed al-Halboosi, accompanied by a parliamentary delegation, met on Thursday the Grand Imam, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Islamic Institute, Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb.
His Excellency the Speaker valued the effective role of the Sheikh of Al-Azhar in consolidating the unity of Muslims of all stripes and his relentless pursuit to deepen interfaith dialogue and the language of moderation and renounce extremism in the region, pointing to the importance of the scheduled visit of the Sheikh of Al-Azhar to Iraq next November.
The Grand Imam, in his own name and in the name of Al-Azhar, and its scholars and students, welcomed the Iraqi delegation in the sheikhdom of Al-Azhar, saying that Al-Azhar and its students and sheikhs have a close relationship with Iraq, which is the relationship of brotherhood, Arabism, Islam and science, and the biography of Iraq’s outstanding scholars is present in all the Institute’s curricula and lectures due to their scientific efforts and what they provided in the service of sciences religion and the Arabic language.
The Sheikh of Al-Azhar also expressed his high appreciation for the people of Iraq and that he looks forward to visiting it and longs to see a country and cities that have always been attached to the thought of its sheikhs and scholars and their efforts in the service of science and advocacy, and that he is interested in expanding the program of his visit to Iraq to include meeting with the various sects of the Iraqi people and Iraq’s historical landmarks, stressing that the nation’s unity and cohesion are a destination of the purposes of Islam, and there is only this way for security, stability and prosperity.
At the end of the visit, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar presented the Iraqi delegation a shield of Al-Azhar’s memory, an expression of brotherly relations, in turn the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament presented the Sheikh a shield of Samarra’s Minaret and Baghdad’s religious and cultural souvenirs.
Of the Parl. Speaker
Sep 16, 2021